AUGUSTA, Ga. – Baylor junior punter Spencer Roth was named one of 85 candidates for the 2013 Ray Guy Award, the Augusta Sports Council announced on Friday.
Roth, a third-year starter from Knoxville, Tenn., has punted 15 times for 696 yards for an average of 46.4 yards per punt in Baylor's first six games. His 46.4 yards per punt ranks first in the Big 12 and would rank fourth in the country, if he met the minimum requirement for punts per game.
The junior established his career long with a 72-yard boot vs. ULM earlier this year. He has eight punts fair caught and four placed inside the 20-yard line.
The award, which honors the nation's top punter, has been given annually since 2000. Baylor's Daniel Sepulveda is the only two-time winner of the award (2004 and 2006). Meanwhile, Roth's predecessor at BU, Derek Epperson, was a 2008 semifinalist for the honor and a three-time watch list member.
This candidate list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists on Nov. 8. Following the semifinalists announcement, a national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors, coaches, media representatives and previous Ray Guy Award winners will vote for the top three finalists, who will be selected on Nov. 25. The voting body will then cast ballots to select the winner.
The presentation of the Ray Guy Award will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on Thursday, December 12 at 7:30 pm ET on ESPN.
As a team, Baylor is off to a 6-0 start to the season for the first time since 1980. The Bears have opened 3-0 in conference action for the first time since 1985.
This week, Baylor is ranked No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 6 in the AP Top 25. The Bears debuted at No. 8 in the first edition of the BCS standings released on Sunday.
Baylor will now play its second road game of the year on Saturday as the Bears face the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence, Kan. That game will be televised at 6 p.m. by ESPNU.
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